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FDA Warns Sunscreen May Catch Fire and Cause Burns

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers about flammable spray on sunscreen. After a recall of 23 Banana Boat products last year, consumers are still urged to be mindful of open flames while applying or after applying any kind of sunscreen.

2012 Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall

  • In October 2012, manufacturer Energizer stated they were voluntarily removing 23 Banana Boat spray on sunscreen products from the market.
  • This came after 5 claims of the sunscreen catching fire while on consumers’ skin, resulting in burn injuries.
  • The company stated the problem was likely the size of the spray valve opening which allowed for more of the volatile products to be applied to the skin.
  • The injuries involved Banana Boat SPF 30 and SPF 50 spray on sunscreen products.

FDA Warnings and Safety Precautions

“These incidents suggest that there is a possibility of catching fire if you are near an open flame or a spark after spraying on a flammable sunscreen — even if you believe you have waited a sufficient time for the sunscreen to dry and your skin feels dry.” – FDA Consumer Update

  • The FDA advises that consumers should continue to use sunscreen when spending time outdoors.
  • When selecting a sunscreen for you or your child, always consider where you will be using the product. If you will be near an open flame (like a campfire or grill), try to find a sunscreen that is not marked as flammable.
  • Avoid smoking, grills, opem flames, or sparking materials while applying the sunscreen.
  • After application, try to avoid getting close to heat or flame sources if possible.
  • Similar volatile products may be found in non-spay sunscreen, bug spray, and hair products. The FDA warns that products may not always have proper labeling.
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